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Introduction I intend to show that the concept of a universal realm for all, outside Heaven, where all await the resurrection (Waiting in the Grave, WitG hereafter) is united against other beliefs such as the belief we go Straight to Heaven (StH), that we cease to exist entirely with no afterlife or others such as purgatory/limbo. While there are ...


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No. In 1 Kings 17, Elijah the Tishbite, the Prophet, raised the son of the widow of Zaraphath Some time later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing. She said to Elijah, “What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?” “Give me your son,” ...


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Ecclesiastes 3 eloquently frames the problem: I said to myself, “God will bring into judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time to judge every deed.” 18 I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. 19 Surely the fate of ...


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Like God, we humans are spiritual beings. Unlike God, we are not just spirit; we are physical, corporeal bodies which are animated by spirit. Imagine, if you will, a living body. Picture this body standing upright, but perfectly still. Every system in the body is functioning as it should: the heart is beating at 72 times a minute; the oxygen-carbon-dioxide ...


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Per current teaching in the Catechism, each person earns a particular judgment: CCC 1022 Each man receives his eternal retribution in his immortal soul at the very moment of his death, in a particular judgment that refers his life to Christ: either entrance into the blessedness of heaven-through a purification or immediately, or immediate and everlasting ...


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I can only really answer this from the perspective of evangelical Christianity as I have been taught it, and I'm sure there are some other interpretations out there too. Essentially this comes down to our different perspectives of time. When someone dies, from the perspective of those of us left behind, they are effectively in a timeless state - fans of ...


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Both dispensational and historic premillennialists hold that all Christians who died or were raptured prior to the beginning of the millennium will reign with Christ during it. One standard dispensational commentary, the Moody Bible Commentary, describes two groups of people that will reign with Christ in its treatment of Revelation 20: Verses 4a-b ...


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In Revelation 6:9-11, John the apostle sees a group of people in heaven before the resurrection has taken place. They had died earlier. They are speaking to God with a loud voice asking a question (proving that they are near enough to Jesus to talk to Him). Then they are given robes (proving that they have enough of a body to wear apparel) and are told to ...


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I remember reading in the gospels that at the time of Christ's resurrection there were many others who had died, that were also resurrected and were seen walking around. For example, in Matthew 27:52-53 we read, "And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the ...


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A key indicator that an intermediate realm exists can be drawn from Jesus's response to Mary in John 20:17. "Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father." If Christ hadn't visited our Heavenly Father, where had he been in the time since His crucifixion? The answer is found in 1 Peter 3:18-19. For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just ...


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Who exactly is resurrected and reigns in the millennial city in premillennialisim? To clarify a bit, there are three “rasings from the dead” that could be called resurrection. At the rapture those who have died in Christ return with Jesus and those who are Christian meet them in the air and receive their new bodies. It is fair that this is technically not ...


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Difference between Lazarus rising from the dead and Jesus resurrection and ascension? Prior to the resurrection of Jesus, those who trusted (had faith) did not receive new and eternal life. They were to be raised and get their new life at the "first resurrection". Hebrews 11:39-40 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received ...


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The simplest answer to your question is that Lazarus was raised by Jesus command; while Jesus raised at his own command. John 11:43 KJV And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. John 2:19 KJV Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. John 5:26 For as the ...


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The short answer is: No, reincarnation is not affirmed in the Bible. Here is the long answer, extracted from my article, "The Bible, Emanuel Swedenborg, and Reincarnation": What does the Bible say about reincarnation? The word “reincarnation” does not appear in the Bible. However, there are several places in the Bible where the idea of reincarnation comes ...



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